TOKYO – Sprinter Indonesia, Then Muhammad Zohri, failed to advance to the semifinals of the men’s 100 m in athletics Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The 21-year-old runner revealed a number of causes, one of which was mental problems.
Zohri, who was appearing for the first time at the Olympics, went down in heat four. He had to settle for finishing fifth after posting a 10.26 second time deficit.
South Africa’s Gift Leotlela was the fastest with a time of 10.04 seconds, followed by China’s Bingtian Su (10.05 seconds), Jason Rogers of the Saint Christopher & Navis Federation (10.21 seconds) who finally advanced to the semifinals from heat four.
To the NOC Indonesia Media Team, Zohri admitted that he was not satisfied with his performance in Tokyo. However, the man who won the men’s 100m number at the 2018 U-20 World Championships in Finland admitted that he still has high ambitions, running to break the record time of under 10 seconds.
“This is a lesson for me. Hopefully in the future I can be more enthusiastic. I am grateful to be able to represent Indonesia at the Olympics. I am grateful for the support of the Indonesian people. I hope that in the future I can perform better and give achievements to Indonesia,” said Zohri after the race.
“I myself feel that I have not been optimal, maybe because of mental (factors) as well and there is a slight problem with the starting block,” he continued.